Galapagos Islands: Travel and Conservation (Slideshow)
Photo by Pete Oxford
The Galapagos Islands. They're among the most striking, strangely beautiful places on Earth. But don't take my word for it--or Charles Darwin's for that matter. Last year, I had the great fortune of accompanying 30 accomplished secondary school teachers on a trek across the Galapagos for the Toyota International Teacher Program. We not only got a front row seat to some of the most stunning biological wonders of the world (like the huge marine iguanas pictured above), but saw a full portrait of a very endangered ecosystem--and the many forces fighting for and against its survival. Hopefully, these pictures from the trek bring that portrait to life.